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Old 11-02-2013, 06:03 PM
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OK found some answers online:

RG58 (outdoor) coax (50 ohm)

J-pole works good. Some inexpensive ones on ebay see

http://www.ebay.com/itm/2-Meter-VHF-...#ht_3566wt_917

Or make your own. Lots of info online.

Still not sure about connectors. Are these sold seperately or is there an outdoor coax that comes pre-connectorized on say a 50 foot cable?

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Old 11-02-2013, 06:35 PM
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Glen,

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Old 11-02-2013, 06:45 PM
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Bevan,

I ordered a coax cable with the connectors pre-installed.

I determined where my radio would be and where my outdoor antenna would be and then measured the coax run between the two - added enough extra for a three turn choke-balun. (The balun is probably not needed but I did it for good measure.)

I went on line and ordered the next size up cable with connectors already installed. Since the copper pipe j-pole I ordered had a PL-259 on it, it was easiest to find a coax pre-configured with PL-259 on each end.

Continuing my propensity for over-kill, my coax is LMR-400. I would not suggest others use such precise coax unless you are running a really long distance. For a short run of 25' or so, RG58A/U is fine. Next comes RG58X, then LMR400 and RG8U.
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Old 11-11-2013, 05:33 PM
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The next batch of iGates are about to hatch. Looks like it will be a good litter ...
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Old 11-11-2013, 06:40 PM
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The next batch of iGates are about to hatch. Looks like it will be a good litter ...
This is the best integrated iGate rig I've seen, and the price is remarkable.

No excuses now for anyone wanting to set up an iGate. Well done!
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Old 11-13-2013, 03:36 PM
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I originally was thinking this should be "iGates-R-Us" but then decided, while these look like toys, they are much better.

A new batch of BAOFENG radios arrived from China. They are not quite the same as the first radio so I will test and tune the iGates accordingly.

The price difference in components for the next to iGates were the same as the first so $110+shipping. (or shipping and lunch are free if you pick it up) ! If you already have a receiver solution, the pre-built laptop units cost $55+shipping.

These will be the last iGates I build until they get gobbled up. In the interim, I will be testing one of these as bidirectional iGate / digipeater.


I think Pete Howell's kids should start making copper j-pole antennas to go with these !
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Okay, still not sure if I am in an iGate hole, but who cares, more the merrier and all that. Sign me up for one of those units, I have seen the DIY J-pole plans and will put my experimental efforts towards that instead. A Salmon Farm visit is in my near future!
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Old 11-13-2013, 07:44 PM
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OK, so that last batch was "gobbled" pretty quickly! Two desperate voids in the APRS continuum snatched up the systems I just finished. Tracker pilots - you can expect a couple new iGates online in the very near future in areas that will really benefit.

I am already tracking down XO-1's to build a couple more iGates. It should not take more than a week or two to find what I need but I've been hoovering these units off of eBay and it may take a couple attempts to get these at the price point we need.



Mike - you are welcome here on the farm anytime (including this Saturday's Lunch fly-in). IF you are flying the Arrow, land at KMFV and we'll shuttle you the couple miles to the farm. I've flown an Arrow and they are no rocket off of grass :-) As for an iGate, you are correct "the more the merrier".
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Old 11-13-2013, 08:32 PM
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Mike - you are welcome here on the farm anytime (including this Saturday's Lunch fly-in). IF you are flying the Arrow, land at KMFV and we'll shuttle you the couple miles to the farm. I've flown an Arrow and they are no rocket off of grass :-)

As for an iGate, you are correct "the more the merrier". That said, two desperate voids in the APRS continuum snatched up the systems I just finished.

Tracker pilots - you can expect a couple new iGates online in the very near future in areas that will really benefit.

I am already tracking down XO-1's to build a couple more iGates. It should not take more than a week or two to find what I need but I've been hoovering these units off of eBay and it may take a couple attempts to get these at the price point we need.
Is the Raspberry a good alternative at a similar price point if the laptop supply dries up? I know there is already a thread about the Raspberry, just didn't know how it would compare with the laptops.

I've been using a Raspberry for a media hub running Raspbmc....it's pretty cool.
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The Raspberry Pi will do most of the same work as an XO-1. It will be a bit more money since it will need a case, networking interface, and power supply.

It will also require more Linux expertise than these XO-1 laptop based iGates - mostly because the XO-1's have a full GUI interface on top of the Linux.

Update: I've tracked down one more XO-1 - it was $6 more than I've been able to get them for but still not bad.
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